Boston Marathon Date Set With Bekele, Kamworor, Kipruto To Battle For The Ultimate 

Boston Marathon Date Set With Bekele, Kamworor, Kipruto To Battle For The Ultimate

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For the first time since 2019, the Boston Marathon will take place on April 18, Patriot’s Day in the United States of America. Boston Marathon date set with Bekele, Kamworor, Kipruto to battle for the ultimate.

The men’s race is set to be interesting, with 12 competitors with career bests sub 2:06 making up what is possibly the fastest elite lineup in Boston Marathon history.

The race is led by Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele, who has a personal best of 2 hours, 01 minutes, and 41 seconds.

Bekele will be competing with Kenyan athletes who also boast fast times namely defending champion Benson Kipruto (2:05:13), Titus Ekiru (2:02:57), Evans Chebet (2:03:00), Lawrence Cherono (2:03:04), Geoffrey Kamworor (2:05:23) Eric Kiptanui (2:05:47) Bethwell Yegon (2:06:14) and Geoffrey Kirui (2:06:27).

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Kipruto told Nation Sport he is looking forward to returning to Boston Marathon, a course he enjoyed last year.

Kipruto crossed the line in 2:09:51 ahead of Ethiopia’s Lemi Berhanu Hayle who timed 2:10:37 while Jemal Yimer also from Ethiopia settled for third place in 2:10:38.

“I’m happy to go back to Boston Marathon because I now know the course. The race will be competitive because we have past winners participating but I believe in my training. I know I have to work harder,” said Kipruto.

Kipruto, who juggles his training between Nandi Hills and Kapsabet in Nandi County, wants to intensify his training in the next few weeks.

“We are back to business and in the next few weeks, I will be working hard. My target is to cover more than 180km in a week as part of my build-up. I will be using the same programme I used last year which helped me win,” he added.

The 2019 winner Cherono missed the 2021 edition but is looking forward to competing in the race having resumed training after winning Valencia Marathon in December.

“I have recovered well after the Valencia Marathon race and I have now gone back to the camp to concentrate on the (Boston) race ahead. My aim is to run well and be on the podium despite the stiff competition,” said Cherono who trains in Kaptagat, Elgeyo-Marakwet County.

Former New York Marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor is also elated after being named in the Boston field saying that preparations have started in earnest.

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Kamworor said that participating in Valencia Marathon where he finished fourth has motivated him to continue training after being out of competition for a long due to injury.

“Finishing the Valencia Marathon race was a clear indication that I’m now in good condition. I believe that my preparations will go on well and hope to be on the podium,” said Kamworor.

Ekiru, the fastest marathoner in the world last year having run 2:02:57 in Milan Marathon, Evans Chebet and Albert Korir, the New York City Marathon winner, will also be eyeing podium places.

“The world’s best athletes come to Boston every year aiming to join the family of Boston Marathon champions,” said B.A.A. President and CEO Tom Grilk.

“This year we’re anticipating one of the best competitions in history as Olympic medalists, Boston Marathon champions, Abbott World Marathon Majors winners, and up-and-coming talents square off on the roads leading to the famed Boylston Street finish line.”

–nation.kenya

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  1. Ibrahim, I’m proud of you. I pray you reach where ever you want to 🙏🏽🤲🏽📿 I hope to see you…

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